Mr. Blue Sky

By
Jeff Lynne
Arranged
Jock McKenzie
Price
£ 20.00 

Mr. Blue Sky is a song by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). Written and produced by frontman Jeff Lynne. Due to its popularity and frequent use in multiple television shows and movies, it has sometimes been described as the band's signature song.

  • 4 Trumpets
  • 1 Horn in F
  • 3 Trombones
  • 1 Euphonium  
  • 1 Tuba
  • 1 Drum Kit

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Mr. Blue Sky is a song by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and featured on the band's seventh studio album Out of the Blue (1977). Written and produced by frontman Jeff Lynne, the song forms the fourth and final track of the "Concerto for a Rainy Day" suite. Due to its popularity and frequent use in multiple television shows and movies, it has sometimes been described as the band's signature song. In a radio interview, Lynne talked about writing Mr Blue Sky after locking himself away in a Swiss chalet and attempting to write the music for the album. “It was dark and misty for 2 weeks and I didn't come up with a thing. Suddenly the sun shone and it was Wow, look at those beautiful Alps. I wrote Mr Blue Sky and 13 other songs in the next 2 weeks.” The original arrangement makes prominent use of a cowbell-like sound, which is credited on the album to percussionist Bev Bevan and his playing of it on a fire extinguisher. When the song is performed live, a drumstick is used to strike the side of a fire extinguisher, which produces the now iconic sound. Critics considered Mr Blue Sky as a “miniature pop symphony” and a “multi-layered pop treat that was a pure Beatles pastiche.”

Jeffrey Lynne (born December 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist who co-founded the rock band Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). The group formed in 1970 as an offshoot of the Move, of which Lynne was also a member. Lynne was born and grew up in Shard End, Birmingham, England where he attended Alderlea Boys' Secondary School. Being a native of Birmingham he had the strong traditional flat Brummie accent. Lynne produced all fifteen ELO singles that rose to the Top 10 record charts in the UK. In 2014, Lynne received a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars and was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame the following year. He received three Ivor Novello Awards including the award for Outstanding Services to British Music. In 2017 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


“The arrangements all sound fresh, and the playing is beyond reproach.”

Dr. Gavin Dixon
Classical CD Reviews

“Brilliant technique and superb artistry from all concerned.”

Denis Wick

"WOW !!!!! all of you should be locked up !!!! What great stuff - the compositions/arrangements, the playing (OUTRAGEOUS !!! ), everything is simply fantastic. (actually - i couldn't have expected anything less ! ) Many, many thanks to you and all for your superb contributions. yet again, you've managed to raise the bar! (an inch or two is ok but a few yards is really unfair !!!!!!!!!! )"

Jiggs Whigham
International Jazz Trombone Soloist, Musical Director, BBC Big Band, President International Trombone Association and Professor Hanns Eisler College of Music, Berlin

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Lydia Van Dreel
The Horn Call Journal of the International Horn Society

“Under the Spell of Spain defies any category other than: superb.”

Nicholas F. Mondello
Allaboutjazz.com

“This is absolutely one of the finest and most creative brass ensembles in the world."

Marc Dickman
University of South Florida writing in the International Trombone Association Journal

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